June 3 Disaster Victims Drag GOIL, NPA, AMA Others To Court Over Neglect, Complicity And Unreleased Cash Donations

June 3 Disaster Victims Drag GOIL, NPA, AMA Others To Court Over Neglect, Complicity And Unreleased Cash Donations

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Surviving victims of the 2015 June 3 disaster have sued some government entities over their alleged complicity in the accident that happened to them and those who died.

“The victims and the OneGhana Movement have since through their lawyers, (A-Partners @ Law) and (Darko, Keli-Delataa & Co.), commenced a class action suit against Ghana Oil (GOIL), National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) for their complicity in the disaster,” the victims said in a statement.

According to victims, who are being supported by the OneGhana Movement, the various cash donations aside from the one given by the then Benin President, has not been given to them.

“The only funds received by victims to date are from a $200,000 donation by the President of Benin which the NADMO and AMA disbursed to them in June 2019. This begs the question; “Where are the funds that were donated to the victims, and why have they not been disbursed even five years after the disaster?

“Since 2017, the OneGhana Movement has taken on a legal project; the Justice for June 3 victims or the J4J3 campaign, seeking equitable compensation for the victims and officials being held liable for their actions and inactions that led to the avoidable flood and fire disaster.

“While the organisation acknowledges that the wheels of justice grind slowly, we do believe that the victims have endured significant trauma over the past five years and need to be adequately compensated to enable them afford a quality life and to restore faith in the justice system”.

Background

June 3, 2015 marked a black day in the history of Ghana, as rainfall turned into a devastating fire and flood catastrophe.

154 People died, over 100 suffered permanent physical disabilities

A total of 154 people died and over 199 others suffered severe burns, resulting in permanent physical disabilities which have severely undermined their suitability for the job market.

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